The Midwest Boom Showcase is in the books, and there were plenty of talented athletes taking part in Sunday's session.
They showed their skill sets in the 40-yard dash, pro-agility drill, vertical jump, position drills and of course -- one-on-one's.
Looking at the numbers, the top 40's recorded on the day were Neuqua Valley junior Eli Tappin who ran a 4.41, Lake Park defensive back Antonio Shenault who turned in a 4.46, 2016 St. Charles North running back Dominic Sidari who ran a 4.46, and 2016 wide receiver from Montino Karon Keyes with a 4.46. When all these athletes that lined up to compete for the fastest man race, Shenault came out on top by a neck.
As for the awards that were handed out, Offensive MVP was handed out to Thornwood junior wide receiver Zeondre Williams, defensive MVP to Lake Park defensive back Antonio Shenault, lineman MVP was Nazareth's offensive lineman Patrick Kilcommons, Combine MVP was Aurora junior running back Tony Durns and the highlighter awards for playmaking ability were given out to Champaign Central 2015 running back Montrell Moore and Montini super freshman Prince Walker.
Overall, there was plenty of talent on hand -- perhaps the deepest group were the defensive backs.
It was no surprise that Shenault had a good day, he has offers from Toledo and Northern Illinois plus plenty of other interest. He lined up at wide receiver several times during the event but really shone as a defensive back. Shenault played incredibly tough man coverage, and only allowed one receiver to catch a ball on him -- from what I could see without any sort of holding or interference. Shenault's footwork continues to improve and he is incredibly smooth with any move he makes. Another of the most impressive things about Shenault was his ability to play the ball, he came out of the day with several picks because he played the ball better than the receiver.
Another athlete that had a big day was 2016 West Aurora defensive back Drake Spears. Spears is a legit 6-foot-2, 200 pound prospect that moves well and makes big plays. He could stay and challenge smaller and faster receivers and was one of the best defensive backs on the day. Another that had a good day was Glenbard West athlete Donahvon Vaughn. Since the season, Vaughn has put on some weight and looked much more physically imposing, plus he provided tight coverage and didn't allow the receiver to beat him to the ball.
There were plenty of talented receivers at the Boom Showcase, and plenty with speed but several that made big plays Walker, Williiams, and De La Salle junior Bryce Sutherland.
All three made big play after big play. Sutherland was incredibly consistent and didn't let the defensive back get in his head. Williams and Walker were explosive off the line and were burners making the deep route look easy.
As a whole the quarterbacks threw a really nice ball, two of the signal callers that I thought had a good day were Oswego sophomore Steven Frank and Neuqua Valley junior Broc Rutter. Rutter continues to impress me each time that I see him, he's a smart kid and that shows on the field. He also throws a really consistently good ball, plus he's got arm strength to go deep and knows where to place the ball. Frank is only a sophomore but already 6-foot-4, 210 pounds and absolutely looks the part of a college quarterback. Each time that we see Frank he improves his composure and throws and is really looking like a top prospect.
Linebackers and Running Backs
Naperville Central junior Bobby McMillen had a good day, and no surprise he was pretty pumped up after receiving an offer from Central Michigan just a day before the showcase. He has improved his sideline to sideline play since he was a sophomore and is looking the part of a college linebacker, plus he is intelligent and that shows on the field. Another under the radar prospect that I like is Montini linebacker Terrell Johnson, who didn't play due to several broken bones during this past season, moves very well and has a nose for the ball. He is always near the ball and has no problem closing quickly on running backs. One of the top running backs was Moore who came all the way from Champaign for the event, and earned the highlighter award for big plays during the event. He showed his speed and power during the one on ones.